Michaela Callaghan is a PhD candidate with the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. She has worked as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer for many years before completing a combined honours degree in History and Spanish. Her PhD project forms part of the larger project Social Memory and Historical Justice: How Democratic Societies Remember and Forget the Victimisation of Minorities in the Past and examines the ways in which dance is used as means of remembering and forgetting in the Peruvian Andes.
ArticlesThis article is concerned with dance as an embodied form of collective remembering in the Andean department of Ayacucho in Peru. Andean dance and fiesta are inextricably linked with notions of identity, cultural heritage and history. Rather than being simply aesthetic —steps to music or a series of movements — dance is readable as being a deeper embodiment of the broader struggles and...Read more